Judd will fight to keep $250,000 Visy deal
Judd will fight to keep $250,000 Visy deal

Chris Judd's manager Paul Connors is set to fight the AFL's decision to cancel his client's third-party arrangement between Carlton and club sponsor Visy.

The AFL announced that the Blues captain's reported $250,000 a-year deal will no longer be excluded from the club's Additional Services Agreement (ASA) or Total Player Payments and will now have to be included in Carlton's salary cap.

Judd's role as ambassador for Visy started when the superstar midfielder made his move from West Coast in 2008 and signed a six-year deal with Carlton but it was believed his third-party agreement would remain safe until that contract expired in 2014.

AFL general Manager Adrian Anderson said the league's new third-party deal regulations will now prevent payments outside the salary cap being permitted but Connors has stressed a decision surrounding Judd's case is yet to be finalised.

"There's rules and regulations. The AFL is obviously (an) extremely powerful organisation and can have their say, but there's also a process, due process, and you're allowed to argue the case," Connors told Melbourne radio station SEN on Friday morning.

"There's always room to wiggle and we disagree with their initial findings.

"I'm not sure what has changed (since it was approved in 2007 by the AFL).

"All I thought I would say is it's true, the AFL has had their say.

"(But) I don't want to fight this in the public."

The AFL's closer look into related-party deals has come following revelations of Kurt Tippet's alleged third-party deal at Adelaide.

As the AFL prepares to punish the various people charged for this situation at Adelaide, including Tippett himself, the association has cracked down on other deals, including the Judd one.

Although the Judd deal was originally approved by AFL officer Ken Wood in late 2007, Anderson said Judd's deal had to be included under Carlton's salary cap in order to ensure new regulations are being met.

"It is not appropriate to release my specific reasons for exercising my discretion in this case to refuse approval for the arrangements to be excluded from Carlton's salary cap," Anderson said.

"My decision is related to a tightening of the rules."

Connors, disputed the $250,000 value of the deal as reported in various outlets, but said that the amount in question could still push the Blues' salary cap to the limit.

"There's been a bit of hysteria about Juddy's deal, thinking that it's a million dollars," he said.

"(But) I don't think Carlton's going to be rapt about it if it has to go under their salary cap.

"I'm not sure (they can fit it in)."


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